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Jason S.

Naperville, IL

$35/hour

Excited to help with Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, & English

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Psychology

Education

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Psychology)

About Jason

Hi, my name is Jason and I'm excited to help you learn! As someone who is always curious and learning new things, I think an important aspect of learning is asking questions, including asking "Why?" I think it is particularly important to see the connections between different ideas and different subjects, and to make these connections relevant to the person learning. In high school my favorite subjects were English/Creative Writing, Psychology, and Film Analysis/Production. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I majored in Psychology and minored in Molecular and Cellular Biology, while still taking classes in many different subjects. Now I am considering going into the field of Urban Planning or Public Policy.

I co-taught a third grade class when I was younger, and personally taught a boy with Down's Syndrome. In high school and especially college I had many presentations and talks where I taught students and teachers about a variety of topics. Most recently, I taught English to students in Laos during a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia. I am willing to teach basically any age, from elementary school all the way through university students.

I have a plethora of experiences that qualify me to help you with the scientific subjects of Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. In high school I took an Introductory Psychology course and then AP Psychology, receiving a 5 on the AP Test. In college I took a variety of Psychology classes such as those covering the Biological, Cognitive, Social, Personality, Abnormal, and Positive subdisciplines. I took many Molecular/Cellular Biology classes, including Genetics, Anatomy/Physiology, and lab classes (as well as numerous Chemistry classes). And while this blends in with Biological Psychology, I had plenty of experience in Neuroscience, including classes such as Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology. I also worked in a Cognitive Neuroscience research lab and completed a Bachelor's Thesis entitled "Cardiovascular Fitness and Creativity in Children." I was also involved in the neuroscience club on our university's campus and became its president during my last year.

In high school, English was one of my favorite subjects. I enjoyed (and still do enjoy) reading and writing. I often took honors literature courses (such as Satire and Comedy), and I also took AP Language & Composition, receiving a 5 on the AP Test. On one of my ACT exams I received a 35 on the English section. On the GRE (graduate school version of the ACT), I scored in the 90th percentile on the Verbal Reasoning portion and in the 93rd percentile on the Analytical Writing portion. I have a precise attention to detail in regards to writing and work to ensure clarity. I also greatly appreciate creative writing, and took related classes in high school and college. I'd be happy to help in English literature and language classes, proofread papers, and assist with creative writing efforts.

You have taken the difficult but important step of asking for help, and I am happy and excited to help you. Together, we will ask questions and learn about important topics, whether that topic is Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, or English, or maybe something else!
Hi, my name is Jason and I'm excited to help you learn! As someone who is always curious and learning new things, I think an important aspect of learning is asking questions, including asking "Why?" I think it is particularly important to see the connections between different ideas and different subjects, and to make these connections relevant to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Naperville, IL 60565
In-person lessons
Math:
Geometry
Science:
Anatomy,
Biology,
Philosophy, Physiology,
Psychology
History:
Geography
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Anatomy

In middle school and high school we had anatomy/physiology lessons with frog and fetal pig dissections. In college I took both Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, and also both the associated lab classes (which included cadavers and histological analysis under the microscope). I learned anatomy/physiology in many other classes, particularly neuroscience-type classes, including one where we dissected sheep brains. I understand the rigor and also the fascination involved in these topics.

Biology

In high school I took Enriched Molecular Biology, and in college I minored in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with both class and laboratory experience in Molecular Biology (including Molecular Genetics), Cellular Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. My neuroscientific focus led me to classes in general Biological Psychology, Social Neuroscience, Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology. I also worked in a Cognitive Neuroscience research lab for three years, and through that lab and a Neurocognitive Kinesiology Lab I completed a Bachelor's Thesis entitled "Cardiovascular Fitness and Creativity in Children." I know how to break down complex material into relevance and simplicity.

Geometry

I have always enjoyed geometry. I appreciated its visual nature within the field of mathematics. I haven't studied it in a while but I would be happy to review before helping out.

Physiology

In middle school and high school we had anatomy/physiology lessons with frog and fetal pig dissections. In college I took both Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, and also both the associated lab classes (which included cadavers and histological analysis under the microscope). I learned anatomy/physiology in many other classes, particularly neuroscience-type classes, including one where we dissected sheep brains. I understand the rigor and also the fascination involved in these topics.

Proofreading

Writing has been one of my best strengths since at least high school, where I excelled in honors English courses (both language and literature). I took AP Language and received a 5 on the AP Test, and on one ACT test I scored a 35 on the English portion; on the GRE I was in the 90th percentile for the Verbal Reasoning section and in the 93rd percentile for the Analytical Writing section. In college I had significant writing projects in many subjects; these subjects include Creative Writing, Psychology, Philosophy, Biology, City Planning, Environmental Sustainability, Linguistics, etc. In many subjects (particularly scientific subjects), attention to detail in writing is critically important, and I definitely have that attention honed; I am a skilled proofreader who has eagle eyes for typos and lack of clarity!

Psychology

In high school I took Introductory Psychology and AP Psychology (receiving a 5 on the AP Test). In college I majored in Psychology, taking classes in the biological, cognitive, social, personality, abnormal, and positive subdisciplines. I focused mostly in the biological subdiscipline, worked in a cognitive neuroscience research lab for three years, and completed an Honors Bachelor's Thesis entitled "Cardiovascular Fitness and Creativity in Children," graduating with Highest Distinction in Psychology. I studied abroad for six weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I took classes in Social Neuroscience and Positive Psychology, where, among other topics, we discussed why people in Denmark are considered to be the happiest people in the world.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary and Spelling have always been enjoyable for me. One quantitative demonstration of this was being in the 90th percentile for the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE, which was heavily focused on vocabulary words. I'd be happy to play fun games to help utilize and remember a plethora of vocabulary words.

Writing

Writing has been one of my best strengths since at least high school, where I excelled in honors English courses (both language and literature). I took AP Language and received a 5 on the AP Test, and on one ACT test I scored a 35 on the English portion; on the GRE I was in the 90th percentile for the Verbal Reasoning section and in the 93rd percentile for the Analytical Writing section. In college I had significant writing projects in many subjects; these subjects include Creative Writing, Psychology, Philosophy, Biology, City Planning, Environmental Sustainability, Linguistics, etc. In many subjects (particularly scientific subjects), attention to detail in writing is critically important, and I definitely have that attention honed; I am a skilled proofreader who has eagle eyes for typos and lack of clarity!

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Psychology

Education

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Psychology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jason will travel within 15 miles of Naperville, IL 60565.